Adventures in Etymology: Chimerical

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Chimerical

Chimera by *TsaoShin (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

Chimera by *TsaoShin (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Reason for Adventure

I discovered this charming word in Blameless by Gail Carriger I believe.

Dictionary.com Definitions/Origins

Form:
adjective
Definition:
1. unreal; imaginary; visionary: a chimerical terrestrial paradise.
2.wildly fanciful; highly unrealistic: a chimerical plan
Origin: 1630–40; chimer(a) + -ical
Related forms:
chi·mer·ic, adjective
chi·mer·i·cal·ly, adverb
non·chi·mer·ic, adjective
non·chi·mer·i·cal, adjective
non·chi·mer·i·cal·ly, adverb
Synonyms
1. illusory, fantastic.
Antonyms
1. real.

Source:
chimerical. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved April 09, 2013, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/chimerical

Online Etymology Dictionary Information

chimerical (adj.) 1630s, from chimera + -ical. Related: Chimeric (1650s).
chimera (n.) fabulous monster, late 14c., from Old French chimere or directly from Medieval Latin chimera, from Latin Chimaera, from Greekkhimaira, name of a mythical creature, slain by Bellerophon, with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail (supposedly personification of snow or winter); literally “year-old she-goat” (masc. khimaros), from kheima “winter season” (see hibernation). Figurative meaning “wild fantasy” first recorded 1580s in English (attested 13c. in French).
“Beestis clepid chymeres, that han a part of ech beest, and suche ben not, no but oonly in opynyoun”. [Wyclif, “Prologue”]
Sources:
Harper, D. (2012). Online etymology dictionary. Retrieved April 9, 2013 from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=chimeric&searchmode=none
Harper, D. (2012). Online etymology dictionary. Retrieved April 9, 2013 from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=chimera&allowed_in_frame=0
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